Central York Middle School closed for one week due to COVID-19
Central York School District announced Tuesday that its middle school is closed for one week following a surge of COVID-19 cases.
The school is closed Tuesday through Monday and will reopen next Tuesday, March 16, according an announcement on the district's website. Students will be taught under a fully remote model during the closure.
At Monday night's school board meeting, a district official said Central York recorded eight COVID-19 cases across two buildings that day. That doubled the total number of cases recorded across the district and marked the most significant surge of COVID-19 cases the district has recorded in a single day.
Superintendent Michael Snell said the majority of those eight cases were recorded at the middle school, but he did not reveal the specific number.
As of Tuesday morning, Central York's COVID-19 dashboard showed the middle school had recorded just one positive COVID-19 case in the last 14 days, with 26 students and zero staff members quarantined. Snell said Tuesday district officials had not had the chance to update the dashboard because they were busy contacting parents and preparing for the closure with students and staff.
"We would never go virtual if we didn't need to," Snell said.
Central York officials signed an attestation form last year, agreeing to follow some state safety guidelines during the pandemic in order to keep schools open. One of the guidelines requires schools to temporarily close if enough COVID-19 cases are linked to one building within 14 days. Snell said the number of cases recorded at the middle school surpassed the threshold to warrant a closure.
As of Tuesday morning, Central York High School had recorded four cases in the last 14 days, and 38 students and staff are quarantined, according to the district's dashboard. Four cases within 14 days is not enough to warrant a closure based on the high school's size under the state guidance.
North Hills Elementary, Sinking Springs Elementary and Hayshire Elementary have each recorded one COVID-19 case in the last 14 days.
Central York Middle School is not the only school to close this week due to COVID-19. Three schools in the Spring Grove Area School District and South Mountain Elementary in the Northern York County School District were closed Monday and reopened Tuesday.